One of my favorite online personalities is Tony Rush. He’s emotionally honest, willing to question everything and follows up his convictions with action. That’s why he’s broken through in a big way in the home business world.
So when he posted his feelings about the Law of Attraction on Facebook recently, I paid attention.
Here’s his post..
Life is full of challenges and adversity.
To explain those challenges away by claiming that it’s “law of attraction”…..or that adversity is just the universe “responding equally to everyone’s thoughts” is not only silly…..but it should make you angry.
Because if you carry that line of thinking to its fullest extent, it means that rape victims are to blame for their own rape. And people in third world countries have “attracted” their own cholera and malaria. And elderly people “attracted” the tornado that devastated their home.
I taught this nonsense for years. And I’m ashamed of it. It’s a simplistic, tribal idea that belongs in the Bronze Age. It’s nothing more than childish wish-thinking.
Here’s the fact: we can’t control the universe with our thoughts.
I’ve seen people’s lives ruined because they thought they could fix their lives by just “thinking” and “vibrating” according to the teachings of Esther Hicks. Or Joe Vitale. Or the over-simplistic lessons found in “The Secret”.
You’re far better off leaving that stuff on the shelf and grasp a more valid truth: life is opportunity mixed with difficulty.
As Jim Rohn once pointed out, sometimes there’s more opportunity than difficulty. Sometimes there’s more difficulty than opportunity. It’s up to us to mine the value out of those situations.
Each of us has the ability to change our lives by understanding a simple process:
1. Your quality of thinking creates your quality of decision.
2. Your quality of decision creates your quality of action.
3. Your quality of action creates your quality of result.
That’s a more mature philosophy than what you’ll find taught on “The Secret” or from people like Esther Hicks who pretend to be channeling spirits.
There is no “law of attraction”. There IS a law of sowing and reaping. But that comes from what you’re DOING….not what you’re sitting around “visualizing” and “vibrating”.
Want to change your life? Change what you’re doing every day.
That’s the real “secret” to success.
A lot of people, myself included can trace their success back to getting involved in the law of attraction. And many more (again, myself included) consider the teachings of Abraham in the form of Esther Hicks a turning point in their development.
Does that mean we should defend the Law of Attraction as if it’s a religion that needs defending from outside nonbelievers?
Is it a school of thought? A belief system? A community of people all pulling in the same direction?
I remember back in 2007. A woman I knew made a public proclamation she was “quitting the Law of Attraction.”
It had brought her nothing but disappointment and failure, and she was moving on.
I remember shaking my head in wonderment at the time. This person got caught up in the Law of Attraction as if it were a religious and/or spiritual movement. Not as a set of principles by which to organize her life around.
If you believe in God, or a God force…your quitting a certain religion, or even no longer believing in it doesn’t mean the end of its existence.
And if there truly is a Law of Attraction, your “quitting it” doesn’t mean the principles no longer apply.
That’s why I was never concerned about whether or not people “believed” in it…nor did I ever feel the need to sell it to anyone.
Anyway, a whole bunch of people chimed in on Tony’s post. I added my two cents in as well…
There are no”mystical” powers. There are only powers. What seems Mystical is something we haven’t figured out yet. But because they’re outside of our current understanding does not make them supernatural. It just makes them unharnessed at this point in time.
I am certain there is a way to tap into a current we have not yet quantified. But that’s just it… We haven’t quantified it yet. As for people who defer to law of attraction, prayer or any other source for their inspiration, that’s fine. Everything I’ve ever known to work that could be classified as mystical or supernatural involves a partnership with getting your ass to work.
Larry, I agree that there are no mystical powers.
But, my point is that — when people have an understanding of things like confirmation bias, laws of probability, logic, reason and critical thinking….
….the number of events that we’re tempted to chalk up to “unknown forces” goes way down dramatically.
Put it this way: most of the events that people chalk up to “law of attraction” is just not as remarkable as they like to imagine when viewed from an objective viewpoint. They’re just not.
If people were nearly as open-minded about logic and critical thinking as they are about mysticism, they’d find lots of very simple explanations that explain the vast majority of things that people chalk up to New Age dogma.
And I followed up…
Tony…the critical mass of people will have an understanding of logic, probability, confirmation bias, etc…right about the time they’re willing to give up magical thinking and the need for a sense of tribe over all else.
I like Law of Attraction, simply because it’s a great primer for most people. The best teachers of it emphasize personal responsibility…as in if your thoughts lead you to action, you’re still responsible for taking that action. It’s rare – at least in 2014 – to find someone telling you you simply have to “think and believe” to make good stuff happen.
This whole LOA vs. non LOA debate reminds me of the old joke: the optimist says the glass is half full. The pessimist says the glass is half empty. The opportunist came in during the conversation and drank the milk. Until we crack the electrochemical or neurobiological code of attraction and manifestation, take whatever parts work for you…and work them!
And…that’s where we left it.
Stay tuned…there’s more coming on the topic!
Do you think there is a “Law Of Attraction?” Is it real, or is it something that’s been marketed as the next magic formula? Or a little of both?
Have the principles of the Law of Attraction been helpful in your life? Has it been harmful to you in any way?
Please comment and share. It’s an important discussion!